The oldest University in the United States, Harvard’s main campus occupies Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA. Its prestige attracts not only the brightest students, but their visiting families and friends, who might want to absorb the many cultural, intellectual and historical offerings of a storied city like Boston. Harvard is close to Boston proper, with a 15-minute ride via car or public transport enough to bring you into the city’s center.
Planning a trip to Cambridge? We’ve picked three hotels for you nearby that offer affordable quality. All three have been highly-rated by past guests. We’ve found the best hotels in Cambridge so you can pursue more stimulating activities than choosing lodging. As they might say in Boston, these are a few “wicked smaht” choices.
From $119/ night
If you’re looking to be close to Harvard, this is the place. It’s flanked by a few of the university’s many properties, including museums, halls and libraries, thus creating a stimulating campus ambience for guests. Business guests recommend it for the utmost convenience of being in the heart of Harvard Square. A coolly modernist vibe and helpful staff make for an even more enjoyable experience. In room, guests can indulge free wifi and a private bathroom. There are plenty of cafes, dining and shops within walking distance, or you can try the hotel’s own coffee bar.
From $101/ night
Guests seem to really enjoy Veritas: it’s one of the highest-rated hotels near Harvard. Patrons single out its tidiness, convenient location and helpful staff. It’s a looker, too: a posh ambience and elegance are integral to the space’s architecture. The lobby is well-stocked with complimentary treats like espresso and juice, while the attractive outdoor seating area provides a space for relaxation. Rooms are equipped with cable TV, free wifi and iPod docks. A work desk and seating area are also provided, if you’d like to finish some business while soaking up the atmosphere. Need something stronger than atmosphere? Try the Simple Truth Lounge for cocktails, beer or wine.
From $169/ night
Also located within the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square, this hotel is close to everything you might need in Cambridge. The Charles is brimming with cosmopolitan, New England-styled flair. Many of the original artworks on display were commissioned specifically for the Charles. A fitness center is provided if you need to workout, and an onsite library is available for more literary pursuits. Also notable are the dining options: jazz club Regattabar, New England eatery Henrietta’s Table and Italian restaurant Benedetto. Don’t feel like leaving your room? There’s 24-hour concierge service —a perfect complement to the DVD player, flatscreen TV and free wifi in your room.